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Echostar Technologies Llc patents (2016 archive)


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Enabling communication connections related to received content

A content receiver determines that a communication connection recipient identifier is associated with content received from a content provider. An associated communication device is identified by the content receiver. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

User-selected media content blocking

Presented herein is a method of blocking user-selected media content, such as, for example, audio and/or video content. In the method, at least one media content stream is presented to a user, wherein the at least one media content stream includes multiple showings of an identifiable contiguous segment of media content. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

Systems and methods for assessing viewer interest in content and advertisements

A method for assessing viewer interest in content and advertisements may include receiving an indication regarding a content playback mode change (e.g., a change from a skip or fast-forward mode to a pause or rewind mode) occurring during playing of a media content segment such as a television program or movie. The method then proceeds to associate the playback mode change with a sub-segment of the television program, such as an advertisement or commercial, and a level of interest of a user in the advertisement or commercial is determined based on the associated content playback mode change. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

Delivery of non-multimedia content via a standardized network architecture

Non-multimedia information may be produced from devices such as alarms, appliances, automobiles, building systems, weather stations, home automation systems, and the like. A method and devices communicate non-multimedia content via a standardized network architecture. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

Dual purpose press-bar and heat sink for high data transfer integrated circuit card reader

Various embodiments provide a dual purpose press-bar and heat sink for an integrated circuit card (icc) reader. The dual purpose press-bar and heat sink provides two functions. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

Systems and methods for multiple bitrate content

A remote storage digital video recorder (rs-dvr) system is disclosed. The rs-dvr system includes a network interface to communicate data between the rs-dvr system and a subscriber system via a network, a file system module coupled to the network interface, an ingest agent coupled to the file system module to receive encoded media segments that represent media content files encoded at a plurality of different bitrates; and a storage architecture coupled to the file system to store the encoded media segments, resulting in stored media segments. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

Home automation communications

A system includes a computing device programmed to receive an alert signal indicating an issue associated with a customer premises. The computing device is further programmed to transmit a notification signal to a plurality of remote devices, determine whether at least one of the plurality of remote devices has responded to the notification signal, and transmit an update signal to the other of the plurality of remote devices after one of the plurality of remote devices has responded to the notification. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

Method and apparatus for displaying electronic program guide information

The present invention provides a logically organized electronic program guide separated into categories. Each category has a theme. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

Apparatus, systems and methods for accessing an initial portion of a media content event

Systems and methods are operable to retrieve a previously broadcast initial portion of a media content event. An exemplary embodiment stores a media content event at a first media device as the media content event is communicated over a broadcast system; receives a request at the first media device from a second media device, wherein the request identifies an initial portion of a media content event that has previously been communicated over a broadcast system; identifies the initial portion of the media content event from the stored media content event; retrieves the identified initial portion of the media content event; and communicates the initial portion of the media content event from the first media device to the second media device.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

Apparatus, systems and methods for facilitating social networking via a media device

Techniques for facilitating social networking via a media device are described. Some embodiments provide a social networking facilitator (“snf”) as part of a media device, such as a set-top box that is configured to receive media content events from a broadcast system, such as a satellite broadcast system. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

Method of auto-pausing audio/video content while using headphones

A headset includes at least one earpiece, at least one speaker coupled to the at least one earpiece, at least one sensor, and control circuitry. The at least one sensor, in operation, detects whether the at least one earpiece is abutting at least one ear of a person and outputs at least one sensor signal indicating whether the at least one earpiece is abutting the at least one ear of the person. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

Systems and methods for picture quality monitoring

A receiving device performs an action that results in a corrective measure being taken to address a picture quality issue detected in real time in the frames currently being displayed on a television or other device. The receiving device or a remote system compares indications of video frames currently being displayed to stored video frames for that program to detect macroblocking or a frozen video frame. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

Carrier-based active text enhancement

Auxiliary or enhanced features associated with broadcast television programs are activated using carrier-based active text enhancement (cate) signals embedded within timed text (tt) associated with the broadcast program. The active text enhancements can be interpreted by the viewer's set top box (stb) or other receiver to activate software applications, video clips, imagery, uniform resource locators (urls), interactive interface features or the like on either or both of primary or secondary displays. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

Apparatus, systems and methods for trick function viewing of media content

Systems and methods provide presentation control of media content. An exemplary embodiment receives media content that is currently received in a broadcasted media, content stream; presents on a display a first presentation area, wherein the first presentation area presents a video portion of the media content; receives a user command that initiates a video presentation trick function; and presents in response to the user command a second presentation area, wherein the second presentation area presents the video portion of the media content in accordance with the video presentation trick function, and wherein the first presentation area and the second presentation area are concurrently presented on the display.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160345006

Systems and methods for picture quality monitoring

A receiving device performs an action that results in a corrective measure being taken to address a picture quality issue detected in real time in the frames currently being displayed on a television or other device. The receiving device or a remote system compares indications of video frames currently being displayed to stored video frames for that program to detect macroblocking or a frozen video frame. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160342380

Apparatus, systems and methods for song play using a media device having a buffer

Systems and methods control presentation of audio-only content that is broadcast to a media device. An exemplary embodiment receives media content that is currently received in a channel of a broadcasted media content stream; determines whether the currently received channel is a type of channel that provides audio/visual content or a type of channel that provides audio-only content; controls presentation of the received media content using at least one audio/visual content control function in response to determining that the currently received channel is the type of channel that provides audio/visual content; controls presentation of the received media content using at least one audio-only content control function in response to determining that the currently received channel is the type of channel that provides audio-only content, wherein the at least one audio/visual content control function is different from the at least one audio-only content control function.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

11/24/16 / #20160342379

Automatic muting

Systems and methods for altering a volume level of an electronic device may include receiving a user input indicative of triggering a remote find operation to locate a remote control, and in response to the user input, sending a remote find instruction to the remote control. The remote find instruction may trigger the remote control to emit a sound. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160337693

Method and apparatus for identifying a user of an electronic device using bioelectrical impedance

A method for identifying a user of an electronic device is presented. In the method, for each of a plurality of users, a bioelectrical impedance of the user is measured, a value based on the measurement is generated, and the value is associated with information corresponding to the user. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160336640

Systems, devices, and methods for orienting an antenna mast

An antenna mast assembly with an alignment plumb is provided which allows for increased speed and accuracy in aligning antenna masts. The antenna mast assembly includes an antenna mast. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160335423

Restricted access for home automation system

Systems and methods for determining access to a home automation system may include receiving a command from a user to perform a home automation function, and determining a privilege for the user, which may be based on the location of the user. The methods may include comparing the command and the user privilege to an authorization list, where the authorization list defines system access to perform home automation functions based at least on individual commands and associated privileges. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

11/17/16 / #20160334811

Home automation weather detection

Systems and methods for controlling a device in a home automation network based on detection of a weather event include receiving image data from a camera in operative communication with a host system, where the image data is representative of an outdoor weather event that is captured by the camera, and analyzing the image data to identify the outdoor weather event. Systems and methods may include determining a home automation rule based on the identified outdoor weather event, where the home automation rule includes an operational setting of a home automation device, and instructing the home automation device based on the determined home automation rule via a home automation network.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

11/10/16 / #20160330522

Apparatus, systems and methods for a content commentary community

Systems and methods that graphically present a virtual environment are disclosed. An exemplary embodiment receives a request from an electronic device an owner or a guest to present the owner's virtual environment that includes a virtual bookshelf case with a personal virtual digital video disc (dvd) collection of the owner that includes a plurality of virtual dvds located on a virtual bookshelf case; communicate data corresponding to the owner's virtual environment that includes first data used to render an image of the virtual bookshelf case of the owner, second data used to render images of the plurality of individual virtual dvds that are included in the owner's personal virtual dvd collection, and third data corresponding to a virtual object; and present a graphical representation of the virtual bookshelf case, the plurality of virtual dvds on at least one shelf of the virtual bookshelf case, and the virtual object.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

11/10/16 / #20160330521

Systems and methods for providing information related to tagged items represented in video stream content

Systems and methods directed advertising via a tagged video stream are provided. Content and a tag associated with a product represented by at least a portion of the content may be received by a media device. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

11/10/16 / #20160330508

Apparatus, systems and methods for a content commentary community

Systems and methods of graphically presented virtual dvds are disclosed. An exemplary embodiment receives a request from an electronic device of one of an owner or a guest. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

11/10/16 / #20160330396

Apparatus, systems and methods for providing content when loud background noise is present

Media content presentation systems and methods are operable to present a media content event comprising a video portion and an associated audio portion to a user. An exemplary embodiment compares a detected level of background noise with a first background noise level threshold; increases output volume of the presented audio portion of the media content event when the level of background noise exceeds the first background noise level threshold; determines text when the level of background noise exceeds a second background noise level threshold; determines sentences from the determined text; and presents on a display the beginning portion of a current sentence in the dialogue of the text when the increasing level of background noise exceeds a maximum background noise level threshold.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

11/03/16 / #20160323652

Enhanced reliability for satellite data delivery

A media device may be configured for receiving data from one or more satellites. The media device may include one or more processors and one or more storage devices. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

11/03/16 / #20160323632

Grouping and presenting content

A provider transmits instructions to a receiver to record multiple instances of content. The instances of content are included in the same frequency band of a broadcast signal transmitted via a first communication link and encoded utilizing a common encryption. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

11/03/16 / #20160323625

Tracking and displaying popular media content

A media content processing system includes a first tuner programmed to receive a first media content signal and a second tuner programmed to receive a second media content signal. A processing device is programmed to receive a popularity signal representing a popularity of a media content instance. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

11/03/16 / #20160323623

Extended recording time apparatus, systems, and methods

An embodiment for recording a channel that is communicating a program of interest identifies a selected program for recording as a program of interest based upon a characteristic of the selected program, the characteristic of the selected program corresponding to at least one characteristic associated with the program of interest; records an advance period corresponding to a period before a beginning of the program of interest, and records a following period corresponding to a period after a conclusion of the program of interest.. . ... Echostar Technologies Llc

11/03/16 / #20160323346

Chunking of multiple track audio for adaptive bit rate streaming

Systems, devices and methods are provided to support multiple audio tracks in an adaptive media stream. Segments of the adaptive stream are encoded so that the player is able to locate and request a specific one of the available audio tracks using byte range requests or the like. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

11/03/16 / #20160323341

Apparatus, system, and method for adaptive-rate shifting of streaming content

An apparatus for adaptive-rate shifting of streaming content, includes an agent controller module configured to simultaneously request at least portions of a plurality of streamlets. The agent controller module is farther configured to continuously monitor streamlet requests and subsequent responses, and accordingly request higher or lower quality streamlets. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160316273

Dynamic content selection menu

A content selection menu is generated and provided to a user. The content selection menu includes a plurality of audiovisual (av) programs that are provided for user selection. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

10/27/16 / #20160316269

Enhanced program guide

Systems and methods for producing and displaying an enhanced program guide may include a method including identifying each channel viewed by a user over a period of time at an electronic device. The method may include storing data associated with each channel viewed, and may include producing a list of each channel viewed with the electronic device. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160309228

Systems and methods for history-based decision making in a television receiver

Various embodiments facilitate history-based decision making in television receivers, such as set-top boxes. In one embodiment, a history-based decision facilitator (“hbdf”) is provided. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160309227

Real-time recording timer adjustments and related methods, devices and systems

Methods, devices and systems are provided for recording a broadcast media program using a media device. An exemplary method involves receiving audiovisual content for the broadcast media program from a distribution network and receiving via the distribution network, an indication to adjust a recording timer associated with the broadcast media program scheduled for recording in accordance with a broadcast schedule. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160309212

Mosaic focus control

A television receiver may be configured to receive, from a user of the television receiver, a set of viewing rules that define a focus preference of the user. The television receiver may output, to a presentation device, a video mosaic comprising a plurality of pieces of content presented as a plurality of tiles. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160309113

Apparatus, systems and methods for accessing missed media content

Systems and methods are operable to retrieve at least a portion of a missed media content event. An exemplary embodiment detects an occurrence of a failed recording of at least a portion of a media content event of interest; transmits a notification of the detected occurrence of the failed recording of the at least the portion of the media content event of interest from a media device to a replacement content device; and receives, at the media device, at least a portion of missed media content corresponding to at least the portion of the media content event of interest that failed to record.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

10/20/16 / #20160308323

Rj-45 insertion and extraction tool

An rj-45 insertion and extraction tool is disclosed that allows a user to plug and unplug an rj-45 connector from an rj-45 socket in a quick and easy way that does not disturb other cables plugged into adjacent sockets.. . ... Echostar Technologies Llc

10/13/16 / #20160301953

Systems and methods for extracting data from audiovisual content

Systems and methods are disclosed that allow a viewer to extract audio and metadata information from an audiovisual content stream to be used with other applications.. . ... Echostar Technologies Llc

10/13/16 / #20160300480

Systems and methods for configuring a remote control to control multiple devices

Systems and methods are disclosed for using a single remote control to control a particular device among several devices by aiming the remote control at the device to identify the device to be controlled. Once the device is identified, the remote control is then configured to send remote control commands to communicate with the identified device when the buttons or other user interface elements on the remote control are selected.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

10/13/16 / #20160300458

Systems and methods for home automation integration with a doorbell

Various doorbell monitoring devices and methods are presented herein. Such arrangements may be configured to be integrated with a previously-installed doorbell and a previously-installed chime unit. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160295486

Wireless video link optimization using video-related metrics

A system includes a media content processing device programmed to wirelessly communicate with an access point over a plurality of wireless communication channels. The communication channels include a first communication channel and a second communication channel. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160295248

Aggregating media content

A method includes receiving aggregated content that includes a plurality of segments by a media device. Each of the segments includes an index indicating a location in a set of assembled media content. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160295247

Assembly of media content

A computing device is programmed to receive one or more parameters providing characteristics of media data. The computing device compares the parameters with characteristics of segments of a first item of media content. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

10/06/16 / #20160295244

Aggregating media content

A method for generating a set of aggregated media content includes storing a plurality of segments of media data. The method further includes organizing the segments into a set of aggregated content including content for generating a plurality of sets of assembled content. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160286327

Home automation sound detection and positioning

Systems, methods, devices, non-transitory computer-readable mediums, and apparatuses are presented for detecting and positioning sound in a home automation system. Indications of sounds and timestamps may be received from various home automation devices. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

09/29/16 / #20160285577

Adaptive multi-client single host tdma communications

Tdma communications between a host device and a number of clients on a communications channel are dynamically adapted to allocate or de-allocate time slots in response to changes in the number of active clients. The system initially operates in a startup mode in which the host device transmits a startup message on the communications channel and assigns a timeslot in a tdma cycle in response to connection requests received from each of the requesting clients. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

09/22/16 / #20160278226

Mounting clip for set top box enclosures

A set top box enclosure having a chassis and a cover is disclosed. The chassis also includes a mounting clip that facilitates the coupling of the cover to the chassis. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

09/22/16 / #20160277798

Systems and methods for authorizing access to content for a television receiver

Described herein are techniques for transferring content authorization information between television receivers. Authorization information for content and features associated with a television receiver is securely stored on a portable storage device. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

09/22/16 / #20160277366

Systems and methods for securely streaming media content

Systems and methods securely provide media content from a media server to a media client via a network. The media content is segmented to create multiple media segments that are each identified in a playlist, and at least one of the media segments is encrypted using a cryptographic key. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

09/15/16 / #20160269785

Apparatus, systems and methods for media content event recommendation banner

Systems and methods are operable to recommend media content events with a personalized user incentive. An exemplary embodiment generates a media content event recommendation banner that is concurrently presentable with a presented electronic program guide (epg), wherein the media content event recommendation banner includes at least one identifier of a recommended media content event and at least one personalized user incentive that is configured to be selected by the user.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

09/15/16 / #20160269757

Apparatus, systems and methods for remote storage of media content events

Techniques for facilitating recording of media content events by media devices on remote storage devices are described. Some embodiments provide a remote storage manager as part of a media device, such as a set-top box. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

09/08/16 / #20160261912

Collaborative place-shifting of video content from a plurality of sources to a video presentation device

A video delivery system and related operating methods are presented here, including a method of providing place-shifted video content to a video presentation device. An exemplary embodiment of the method receives, from a video presentation device, a request to place-shift a particular video program. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

09/08/16 / #20160261662

System and method for minimizing network bandwidth retrieved from an external network

A system and method are provided of minimizing network bandwidth used from an external network by client peers in a local network. The method can include the operation of organizing a plurality of clients each having media streamlets and a client parent in a structure within the local network. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

09/08/16 / #20160261657

Systems and methods for handling interruptions in receiving media content due to a change in wireless frequency channel

To address a service interruption while a procedure to change to a dynamic frequency selection (dfs) wireless frequency channel is being performed, a service interruption message is displayed to the user or some other action is taken while a wireless access point changes to the dfs wireless frequency channel. Another action to address the service interruption may be the media content client playing buffered media content stored in a buffer on the media content client to avoid an appearance to the user of an interruption in service. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

09/01/16 / #20160255302

Apparatus, systems and methods for synchronization of multiple headsets

Media device systems and methods synchronize video content with audio content presented by a plurality of wireless audio headsets. In an exemplary embodiment, a first time delay corresponds to a first duration of time between communication of the audio content from the media device and presentation of the audio content by a first wireless audio headset. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

09/01/16 / #20160254025

Recorded content repair

A television receiver may detect during a primary recording of particular programming degradation of a received signal quality associated with the particular programming to at or below a predetermined threshold value. The television receiver may instantiate a secondary recording of the particular programming during the primary recording when the particular programming is accessible over at least one terrestrial network. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160249105

Preselecting future video content for download

Systems and methods are disclosed that enable a user to identify video content that has not yet been created and to have that content downloaded from a video content provider when that video content has been newly created and available for download.. . ... Echostar Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160249089

Recording of multiple television channels

Various arrangements for recording multiple television channels are presented. A plurality of sets of television channels may be identified. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160249074

Audio/video archiving system and method

A method of archiving audio/video content is presented. In the method, a plurality of audio/video content streams is received. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160249010

Automatic program formatting for tv displays

A smart multimedia content receiver automatically resizes video images based on the content being displayed on the tv screen. Such a self-formatting content receiver includes on-board image processing capability that provides continuous video analysis to detect changes in program formatting and convert each frame as it is received in real time, as opposed to processing and re-releasing an entire program or movie, or relying on the viewer to re-format programs manually. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160249007

Multimedia content minimization on mute command

Various embodiments facilitate minimization of multimedia content currently being shown on a display in response to a mute command. In a first embodiment, a receiver is configured to provide multimedia content to an entertainment system and obtain commands from a control device. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

08/25/16 / #20160246792

Apparatus, systems and methods for content playlist based on user location

An exemplary geographic playlist system includes a plurality of mobile devices with global positioning systems that provide geographic location information of the mobile device to a geographic location playlist device. The geographic location playlist device has a database of geographic playlist information that includes at least a unique identifier for each one of a plurality of media content events and at least one associated geographic location for each of the plurality of media content events. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

08/18/16 / #20160240205

Audio splitting with codec-enforced frame sizes

A method and apparatus for splitting the audio of media content into separate content files without introducing boundary artifacts is described.. . ... Echostar Technologies Llc

08/11/16 / #20160234543

Epg realignment

Arrangements detailed may cause a television channel received via the tuner to be recorded for a period of time to create a channel-specific file. The channel-specific file may include multiple television programs. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

07/28/16 / #20160219330

Commercial-free audiovisual content

A commercial-free audiovisual content system allows a viewer to select two or more audiovisual sources such as television channels to view on an audiovisual display. When the system detects that a commercial is being displayed in the audiovisual content of the channel presented on the main part of the screen, the system will immediately switch to display the audiovisual content of another source that is not displaying a commercial.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160212491

Home screen intelligent viewing

The disclosure relates systems and methods for analyzing viewing habits on an audiovisual content receiving device such as a set-top box, including both program recording and viewing habits for live programs, and to determine viewer preferences for audiovisual events such as television programs for any given timeslot.. . ... Echostar Technologies Llc

07/21/16 / #20160212475

Dynamically generated user interface

Data is received specifying display elements for a graphical user interface. The data includes at least a first display element provided for user interaction with the graphical user interface. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160205432

Methods of displaying an electronic program guide

A method of displaying an electronic programming guide, comprising: outputting a video signal from a receiver to a display device, the video signal including program service content for display on the display device; receiving a signal at the receiver, the signal including a command to display an electronic programming guide; in response to receiving the signal, determining if there is at least one viewer of the display device that does not want to view the electronic programming guide; and in response to determining that there is at least one viewer that does not want to view the electronic programming guide, projecting the electronic programming guide from the receiver to a projection surface.. . ... Echostar Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160203843

Content-triggered highlight recording

Systems and methods for selectively recording and bookmarking a portion of broadcast media content include receiving a video stream containing the broadcast media content, determining a video segment of the video stream to be output to a display device, and performing ocr on characters present within the video segment. The systems and methods may further include detecting a trigger event in the ocr of the video segment and creating a digital bookmark corresponding to the detected trigger event. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160203708

Apparatus, systems, and methods for configuring devices to accept and process remote control commands

A particular device may configure one or more of other devices to accept and execute remote control commands from the particular device's remote control unit. This may be performed via one or more various communication links between the devices on that enables the devices to communicate with each other. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

07/14/16 / #20160203700

Methods and systems to make changes in home automation based on user states

The present disclosure relates to determining when a user has fallen asleep and adjusting electronics based on that determination. Example methods and systems of the disclosure include receiving, at a sensor of a home automation system, characteristic data, wherein the characteristic data indicates one or more observed characteristics of a user of a home security system, wherein the home security system is connected to the home automation system, analyzing the characteristic data to determine a state of the user, determining, using the characteristic data, that the user has fallen asleep, and transmitting a communication to the home security system, wherein the communication includes a command to activate the home security system.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

07/07/16 / #20160198229

Distraction bookmarks for live and recorded video

Systems and methods for tagging media content may include detecting a distraction event during presentation of a media content via a display device, creating a digital bookmark for the media content, whereby the digital bookmark corresponds to the detected distraction event, and outputting a user interface for presenting the digital bookmark through the display device.. . ... Echostar Technologies Llc

07/07/16 / #20160198215

Single file pvr per service id

Systems and methods for recording multiple broadcast television programs to a single file may include receiving user selection for recording a first media content and a second media content, determining the first media content and the second media content are provided on a single television service, and tuning to the television service to receive the first media content via a tuner of the television receiver. The systems and methods may include recording the first media content as a first permanent recording to a master file, receiving the second media content via the tuner of the television receiver, and recording the second media content as a second permanent recording to the master file.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

07/07/16 / #20160197434

Flat ethernet cables and associated systems, devices, and methods

Flat ethernet cables and associated systems, devices, and methods are disclosed, particularly as applied to home security system implementations. For example, disclosed herein is a flat ethernet cable that includes an interior, female connection end, an exterior, female connection end, opposite the interior end, and including a weather-proofing clamshell enclosing the female connection end, and a flat cable portion that runs between the interior end and the exterior end. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160173931

Methods, devices and systems for audiovisual synchronization with multiple output devices

Methods, devices and systems are provided for provisioning an output device for use with a media device to produce synchronized audio and video portions of media content. An exemplary method involves a media device identifying a device type associated with the output device, obtaining synchronization settings for the device type from a server via a network, and presenting audiovisual content in accordance with the synchronization settings obtained from the server.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/16/16 / #20160173337

Dynamic monitoring and diagnosis of wireless network configuration

Wireless networking methodologies and related apparatus are presented here. An embodiment of a wireless coordinator device is operated to monitor and control other wireless devices in a network. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160165313

Electronic programming guide generation

A computing device is programmed to receive a popular channel database from a remote server and store the popular channel database in the memory. The popular channel database includes data representing the number of subscribers viewing the respective channels offered by a service provider at one or more viewing times. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/09/16 / #20160165310

Media content selection by season number

A media content processing system includes an input device interface configured to receive a user input representing a season selection and a media content receiver configured to receive signals representing season metadata associated with at least one media content instance. A processing device is programmed to extract the season metadata from the signal, compare the season metadata to the user input representing the season selection, and record the at least one media content instance based on the season selection and the season metadata.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/02/16 / #20160156984

Systems and methods for interrupted program recording

Program recording systems and methods are operable to adjust recording times of a program of interest in response to an occurrence of an interrupting program that alters the scheduled recording times of the program of interest. An exemplary embodiment receives an unscheduled program flag (upf) corresponding to an occurrence of an unscheduled program; adjusts at least one of a scheduled recording start time associated with the program of interest to an updated record start time and a scheduled recording end time associated with the program of interest to an updated record end time in response to receiving the upf; and records the program of interest based upon at least one of the updated record start time and the updated record end time.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/02/16 / #20160155323

Systems, methods and apparatus for providing an audio indicator via a remote control

Apparatus, systems and methods are described for outputting audible or visual indicators via a remote control for a controlled device. A remote control queries an associated controlled device for information. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

05/26/16 / #20160150278

Systems and methods for video scene processing

A receiving device such as a set-top box or mobile device alters video of a scene that is currently being displayed based on recognition or detection in real time of objects or actions shown in the scene. In some embodiments, those scenes or portions of those scenes in which objects or actions shown in the scene are associated with adult content or other undesirable content are blocked until such objects or actions are no longer detected. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

05/26/16 / #20160150267

Apparatus, systems and methods for shared viewing experience using head mounted displays

Systems and methods are operable to share a viewing experience of a free viewpoint format media content event. An exemplary embodiment receives the free viewpoint format media content event, receives unique geometric orientation information from each one of a plurality of head mounted displays (hmds), determines a unique viewpoint location for each one of the plurality of hmds based upon the geometric orientation information received from each one of the plurality of hmds, determines a unique viewpoint area for each one of the plurality of hmds based upon the determined unique viewpoint location, and communicates each one of the unique viewpoint areas to the associated one of the plurality of hmds.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

05/26/16 / #20160150258

Geographically independent determination of segment boundaries within a video stream

A method for creating an announcement stream for a geographic region is provided. The method receives, at a designated computer system, characterizing metadata for a first audio/video stream; analyzes a second audio/video stream to obtain characterizing metadata for the second video stream; compares, with the computer system, the characterizing metadata for the first video stream to the characterizing metadata for the second video stream to generate offset data; and calculates timing information corresponding to segment boundaries for the second video stream using the offset data.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

05/26/16 / #20160150228

Systems and methods for picture quality monitoring

A receiving device performs an action that results in a corrective measure being taken to address a picture quality issue detected in real time in the frames currently being displayed on a television or other device. The receiving device or a remote system compares indications of video frames currently being displayed to stored video frames for that program to detect macroblocking or a frozen video frame. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

05/19/16 / #20160142928

Methods and systems for device wireless module diagnostics

Methods, devices and systems are provided for diagnosing a wireless module of a device. An exemplary method involves operating a second wireless module of the device to transmit data on a second wireless channel that overlaps, at least in part, a first wireless channel. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

05/19/16 / #20160142788

Remote control video modulator

A video modulator is presented. The modulator includes a video input interface, a video modulation circuit, a video output interface, a communication interface, and control circuitry. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

05/19/16 / #20160142785

Multiuser audiovisual control

Various audiovisual presentation arrangements are described. In some embodiments, a headset is configured to output audio to a user. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

05/19/16 / #20160142761

Intuitive timer

A method for determining a program of interest to a user and setting a timer to automatically record the program of interest. The method can interpret user inputs and watching habits, such as whether or not a user is present, to determine if a program being displayed for a user is a program of interest to the user. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

05/19/16 / #20160136313

Systems and methods for disinfecting a remote control using ultraviolet light

A remote control having an ultraviolet light emitting device for disinfecting the outer surfaces of the remote control is disclosed. In particular, the remote control may include an ultraviolet transmissive housing and internal ultraviolet emitting light emitting diodes. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160134926

Televison receiver storage management

Various arrangements are presented that may involve receiving from a television service provider, timers that are used to record a managed channel array. Each of these timers define a television channel, a time period, and a date. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160134833

Apparatus, systems and methods for synchronization of multiple headsets

Media device systems and methods synchronize video content with audio content presented by a plurality of wireless audio headsets. In an exemplary embodiment, a first time delay corresponds to a first duration of time between communication of the audio content from the media device and presentation of the audio content by a first wireless audio headset. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

05/12/16 / #20160134785

Video and audio processing based multimedia synchronization system and method of creating the same

Various embodiments facilitate multimedia synchronization based on video processing and audio processing. In one embodiment, a multimedia synchronization system is provided to synchronize video and audio content by performing video processing on the video content, audio processing on the audio content, and a synchronization process. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

05/05/16 / #20160127816

Voice input handling

In an input device it is determined that an input indicator mechanism is selected for a predetermined period of time. Speech is recorded based on the input indicator mechanism being selected.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

05/05/16 / #20160127807

Dynamically determined audiovisual content guidebook

What is disclosed is a dynamically determined audiovisual content guidebook that provides a visual summary of an audiovisual content event such as a recorded movie, program, sports event, or documentary and is made up of a subset of content images that together best communicates a summary of the content. Once created, a viewer can then look at the guidebook to understand the summary of the content event and to determine whether to watch the content event now, later, or to delete it.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

05/05/16 / #20160127786

Apparatus, systems and methods for media device security

Media device systems and methods are operable to provide security against unauthorized access to content or unauthorized control of the media device. An exemplary embodiment detects a wireless signal, with an identifier, that is emitted by at least one mobile electronic device that is currently in possession of a user, determines the identifier of the at least one mobile electronic device, retrieves a plurality of stored mobile device identifiers that identify each one of a plurality of mobile electronic devices, compares the identifier of the at least one mobile electronic device with the plurality of stored mobile device identifiers, and then permits access to restricted content or permits the media device to perform a restricted function only when the identifier of the at least one mobile electronic device matches one of the plurality of stored mobile device identifiers.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

05/05/16 / #20160127783

Apparatus, systems and methods for media content event recommendation banner

Systems and methods are operable to recommend media content events with a personalized user incentive. An exemplary embodiment generates a media content event recommendation banner that is concurrently presentable with a presented electronic program guide (epg), wherein the media content event recommendation banner includes at least one identifier of a recommended media content event and at least one personalized user incentive that is configured to be selected by the user.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

05/05/16 / #20160127752

Use of television satellite signals to determine location

Various arrangements are directed to locating a television receiver. Multiple tuners of the television receiver may be simultaneously tuned to different television distribution satellites to receive timing signals. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

04/28/16 / #20160119680

Systems and methods for communications between client devices of a broadcast system

Systems and methods may provide for communication between a plurality of client devices of a broadcast system. The communication may be, for example, a recommendation of a program that is communicated from one subscriber to another subscriber or subscribers via their client devices. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

04/28/16 / #20160119665

Addressable content distribution systems and methods

Systems and methods for providing and receiving addressable content may include an electronic device for receiving the content. The electronic device may receive a first data stream including targeting data criteria for a plurality of assets at the electronic device. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

04/07/16 / #20160100379

Systems and methods for silencing devices

A user's set top box detects the ringing of a telephone, mobile device or other type of audible notification of an incoming contact and, in response, sends a command causing a current audio level of the television programming or other media currently being played to decrease such that the audible notification can be heard by the user. A device silencing manager on the set top box may detect the audible notification occurring by the sound waves of the audible notification from the mobile device picked up by a microphone of the receiving device. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

04/07/16 / #20160100212

Saving addressable commercials to personal video recorder

A media content processing system includes a memory device, and input port, and a processing device. The input port receives a media content signal that includes at least one addressable commercial content instance and at least one non-commercial content instance. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

04/07/16 / #20160100205

Systems and methods for securely providing adaptive bit rate streaming media content on-demand

A system for securely providing adaptive bit rate streaming media content on-demand may include a security server of a program distributor that selects, based on a received authorized request, which of a differently encrypted stored versions of a “special segment” of the requested program to deliver to the receiving device during the transmission of the requested program. The selection may be based on a pseudo-random selection process per request for the program based on an identifier of the request associated with the remote control device. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

04/07/16 / #20160099787

Apparatus, systems and methods for identifying particular media content event of interest that is being received in a stream of media content

Obscuring systems and methods are operable to obscure an intervening content segment that a user does not wish to view and/or listen to if that particular intervening content segment is again received at a later time. An exemplary embodiment includes at least a content segment obscuring system that samples the decoded stream of information corresponding to an initial portion of the intervening content segment, determines a vector signature of the sampled initial portion of the intervening content segment, wherein the vector signature corresponds to at least one location and an orientation of a vector in a multi-dimensional vector space, and compares the vector signature with a plurality of predefined reference vector signatures. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

04/07/16 / #20160095439

Behind-wall television monitor wall mount

In various embodiments, a television monitor wall mount is provided that allows a television monitor to be mounted flush against a wall, such as directly against the sheetrock, drywall or other wall surface material. When attached behind a wall to a wall stud, the television wall mount serves as a bracket to support the weight of the television monitor that is located on the front side of the wall. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

03/31/16 / #20160094885

Locally controllable interactive game system and methods of creating the same

Various embodiments facilitate multi-user gaming. In one embodiment, a locally controllable interactive game system is provided to support a plurality of users within a single household. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

03/24/16 / #20160088358

Scheduled programming recommendation system

A scheduled programming recommendation system narrows down a user's electronic program guide to a short list of about a dozen recommended programs. The list is customized to the user's own interests according to a point scoring algorithm that compares program data with data from the user's viewing history. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

03/24/16 / #20160088351

Media content crowdsource

The provisioning of media content to computing devices that might not normally have access thereto. Example types of media or media content may include advertising media, broadcast media, social media, news media, and others.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

03/17/16 / #20160080802

High throughput digital video broadcasting

A system includes an antenna and a receiver. The antenna receives an encoded satellite signal having a plurality of frames. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

03/17/16 / #20160080800

Automatically recording supplemental contest

A content provider transmits instructions to a content receiver to record multiple instances of content. The instances of content are included in the same frequency band of a broadcast transmitted by the content provider via a first communication link and scrambled utilizing the same control word. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

03/17/16 / #20160079987

Variable rate interpolation with numerically controlled oscillator

A numerically controlled oscillator includes a phase accumulator that outputs a phase word and a clock that periodically outputs a clock signal in accordance with a delay interval. The phase accumulator outputs a new phase word in response to receiving the clock signal. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

03/10/16 / #20160072206

Reverse taper, anti-pull out support feature for surface mount hdmi and usb connectors

A reverse tapered mounting tab for a signal connector is disclosed. The signal connector includes the reverse tapered mounting tab coupled to a connector body having a connector port inside. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

03/03/16 / #20160066050

Matrix code-based user interface

A method for presenting a matrix code may include receiving, at a content receiver, a signal carrying identifying data relating to a remotely accessible program, generating, at a content receiver, a matrix code from the identifying data relating to the remotely accessible program, transmitting the matrix code as part of a content presentation to a presentation device for display, and receiving the remotely accessible program in response to a user capture of the matrix code. A method for remotely controlling a set top box and a method for setting a recording time on a set top box are also described. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

03/03/16 / #20160065997

Apparatus, systems and methods for rich media electronic program guides

Electronic program guide (epg) systems and methods are operable to incorporate image information into an epg generated at a media device. An exemplary embodiment receives an image associated with a program, processes the received image into a rich media epg image, receives program presentation schedule information that specifies a presentation schedule of a plurality of programs, wherein the program is one of the plurality of programs scheduled for presentation, associates an identifier with the rich media epg image and the program, and generates a rich media epg schedule based upon the received program presentation schedule information and the identifier.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

02/25/16 / #20160057375

Systems and methods for hand gesture control of an electronic device

Systems and methods of generating device commands based upon hand gesture commands are disclosed. An exemplary embodiment generates image information from a series of captured images, generates commands based upon hand gestures made by a user that emulate device commands generated by a remote control device, identifies a hand gesture made by the user from the received image information, determines a hand gesture command based upon the identified hand gesture, compares the determined hand gesture command with the plurality of predefined hand gesture commands to identify a corresponding matching hand gesture command from the plurality of predefined hand gesture commands, generates an emulated remote control device command based upon the identified matching hand gesture command, and controls the media device based upon the generated emulated remote control device command.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

02/25/16 / #20160057264

Wireless mute device and method

A receiving device having a wireless transmission circuit arranged to form a logical communications link between the wireless transmission circuit and an audio output device. The wireless transmission circuit is arranged to communicate audio data to the audio output device via the logical communications link. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

02/25/16 / #20160054827

Determining handedness on multi-element capacitive devices

A system and method is provided for identifying shadow regions on a multi-element capacitive input device such as a smart phone, and in particular using analysis of shadow regions, where the user may not be in direct contact with the device, to identify more accurately the area on the device the user is selecting, the hand, left or right, used to do the selecting and to identify the user using the device.. . ... Echostar Technologies Llc

02/18/16 / #20160050463

Enhanced reliability for satellite data delivery

A media device may be configured for receiving data from one or more satellites. The media device may include one or more processors and one or more storage devices. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

02/11/16 / #20160044352

Value point-based conditional authorization for a media content receiver device

A media content receiver device and related operating methods are presented here. An exemplary embodiment of a method of operating the receiver device is performed to maintain a value point balance on behalf of a subscriber. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

02/11/16 / #20160044349

Systems and methods for facilitating content discovery based on viewer ratings

Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are provided to assist users to locate content of interest based on viewer ratings. First information enabling unique identification of a first user may be processed. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

02/11/16 / #20160042766

Custom video content

Characteristics of speech in a first audio portion of media content in a first language are retrieved, the first audio portion being related to a video portion of the media content. A second audio portion is stored related to the video portion, the second audio portion including speech in a second language. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

02/04/16 / #20160037236

Virtual entertainment environment and methods of creating the same

Various embodiments facilitate the creation and presentation of a virtual entertainment world. In one embodiment, the virtual entertainment world is created to help a user find and watch content. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

02/04/16 / #20160037223

User-initiated control of an audio/video stream to skip interstitial content between program segments

Various embodiments are described for skipping, filtering, or replacing content from an audio/video stream using text data associated with the stream, wherein the stream has segments of a show interspersed with commercial breaks. A method for processing the stream determines that a commercial break is currently being output for presentation, and monitors for receipt of a user-initiated command to skip the commercial break. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

02/04/16 / #20160036190

Rj-45 insertion and extraction tool

An rj-45 insertion and extraction tool is disclosed that allows a user to plug and unplug an rj-45 connector from an rj-45 socket in a quick and easy way that does not disturb other cables plugged into adjacent sockets.. . ... Echostar Technologies Llc

02/04/16 / #20160036117

Method and apparatus for optimal antenna alignment

An approach for determining remote terminal antenna alignment in a satellite communications system is provided. A point in time for an expected conjunction of an a remote terminal antenna, a satellite in communication with the remote terminal and the sun is determined based on predetermined positional data. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

02/04/16 / #20160035642

Apparatus, systems and methods for limiting travel distance of a heat sink

A heat sink embodiment has at least one anti-rocking tab that extends outwardly and downwardly from an edge of the body portion of the heat sink. A leading lower edge of the anti-rocking tab is above a top surface of the motherboard when the heat sink is being affixed to the motherboard over a flip chip. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

01/28/16 / #20160029054

Interest prediction

System and methods for providing access to particular media content. First media content may be output for presentation by a display device. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

01/28/16 / #20160025858

Electronic satellite feed switcher

A feed switcher for a satellite telecommunication system includes a microcontroller, a first relay, and a second relay. The first relay receives as inputs a first satellite feed and a second satellite feed. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

01/21/16 / #20160021368

Measurement of ir emissions and adjustment of output signal

Various arrangements for monitoring and mitigating infrared (ir) interference from a display device are presented. Ir emissions from a display device are measured the ir signaling characteristics may be adjusted to mitigate interference from the emissions. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

01/14/16 / #20160012843

Systems and processes for efficiently storing and retrieving video content

Methods, systems and devices are described to improve the storage and retrieval of video content. The general concepts set forth herein could be used in any video storage system that uses disk drives to store video content, including remote or local storage digital video recorders (dvrs) and the like.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc








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